Free ticketed event
Thermo-fluid courses—thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and combinations or extensions of these topics—form a critical core of various engineering disciplines. Students often struggle with the theory-heavy content, and many instructors have embraced active and collaborative learning (ACL) and problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogical techniques as these have been shown to promote learning. More recently, a shift in engineering education calls to equip students with an entrepreneurial mindset, providing them with the skills needed to identify opportunities and create economic value. To continue advancements in thermo-fluid based technologies, it is essential that the elements used to foster entrepreneurial mindsets in our engineering students be integrated into their core courses and include systematic learning, broad vision, and creative thinking.
Participants at this workshop will experience firsthand examples of PBL and ACL pedagogical techniques that integrate entrepreneurial thinking into thermo-fluid courses. They will engage in a discussion of the key attributes of entrepreneurial thinking and identify the challenges of incorporating it into traditional courses. Participants will leave the workshop with strategies and a plan for incorporating entrepreneurial attributes into their own courses.
The modules presented and this workshop were made possible through funding from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).
Maria-Isabel Carnasciali is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven, CT. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2008. She received her Bachelors of Engineering from MIT in 2000. Her research focuses on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities. Other research interests involve validation of CFD models for aerospace applications as well as optimizing efficiency of thermal-fluid systems.
Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, chair of the First Year Engineering Experience committee, chair for the LTU KEEN Course Modification Team, chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, supervisor of the LTU Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, coordinator of the Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical Engineering, and faculty advisor of the LTU SAE Aero Design Team. Dr. Gerhart conducts workshops on active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, entrepreneurial mindset education, creative problem solving, and innovation. He is an author of a fluid mechanics textbook.
Liping Liu is an assistant professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at
Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Her research focuses on thermal sciences and energy systems, with special interest in addressing transport phenomena in energy processes. She is a member of ASME, ASHRAE, and SAE International.
Dr. Mallory joined Western New England University after earning her Ph.D. from Purdue University in
August 2012. Dr. Mallory’s current teaching interests include integrating problem- and project-based
learning into core mechanical engineering courses to enhance student learning and motivation. She is currently the primary instructor for the Thermodynamics I and II courses in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests are in engineering education and spray physics.
Robert W. Fletcher joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2003, after several years of continuous industrial researeh. product development and manufacturing experience. Dr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. in Seattle, Washington, a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems from Lawrence Technological University, in Southfield, Michigan, and the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering focusing on Electrochemical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He teaches a number of alternative energy courses and is leading LTU's efforts to establish a full energy engineering program that addresses both alternative and renewable energy systems, as well as energy conservation and optimization of traditional energy systems. He also is the Director of the Alternative Energy program at Lawrence Tech.